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Leo meets an odd mushroom man named Nej. His distaste towards human’s views on Beyondians leads him to befriend the strange burger lover. After getting put into the hospital again, he meets White’s brother, the King of Despair, but acting differently from before.
This week it looks like BBB decided to turn inwards, and have Leo contemplate what it means for there to be a human/Beyondian class divide. Like all immigrants before them, the Beyondians seem to be relegated to the worst parts of town and are treated with disdain. In all honesty, it’s much easier to dehumanize something that was never human to begin with. The idea of non-human sentience brings up a whole lot of questions of the place race has in culture. Leo obviously takes offense to this, and the awkward friendship between Nej and him is born. As an aside, this show has already knocked it out of the park with faithful American references, but I particularly enjoyed how this entire episode was brought to you by Johnny Rockets.
Nej’s story is gently tragic. While sometimes it can be a lot more painful to have memories than to have forgotten, there are important things in his life that are obviously gone now. We have no idea how he gets along, but his attitude towards Leo seems to show that he rarely is treated fairly by the people around him. It’s through the human antagonists in this episode that we see true inhumanity is dictated by actions, not being. Their attitude towards Nej is a microcosm of how humans regard their new neighbors. It makes the climax that much more satisfying after the punks kidnap and torture an innocent creature for their own gain only to be hoisted by their own petard.
The end of this episode is a real gut punch, showing that Nej might be doomed to repeat this cycle with anyone that tries to get close to him. As the audience, we’re the only ones in the know, it’s only through our acknowledgement that this sense of dramatic irony is achieved. One thing I really loved about the scene in the hospital was Zapp. The guy is outwardly callous, but in that scene you could see some genuine concern for Leo as he brings him up to speed. While this was a Leo focused episode, it still let us see another side to the other team members. The final scene with Black and White was also pretty adorable, as it was the very picture of bringing the boyfriend home. Awkward conversation, bonding over insulting your significant other, you know the usual. Obviously if we’re supposed to run off the Twins reference here, Black must have been genetically designed for some evil purpose, one that White failed to replicate.